Thursday, 18 October 2018

Hosts turn up heat in second half

HENLEY suffered a frustrating afternoon away to Old Cranleighans last Saturday.

HENLEY suffered a frustrating afternoon away to Old Cranleighans last Saturday.

On a cold day Henley started the match strongly with plenty of possession in the opposition’s half. Luke Gupta and Chris Green combined well to force early saves from the Old Cranleighan’s goal keeper but against the run of play the home side took the lead with a counterattack goal. Henley then hit the post from a short corner minutes later which proved to be a costly piece of misfortune.

With the score 1-0 at half-time, Henley were in the match, but a goal just after the break for the home side was another setback. Despite Henley still looking dangerous and having the lion’s share of possession, Cranleighans again scored another break-away goal as the away side were pressing higher up the pitch.

The home side then added a fourth goal from a short-corner with five minutes remaining to complete the scoreline.

HENLEY 4ths bounced back from their defeat the previous weekend with a 3-1 win against mid-table Thame at Jubilee Park last Saturday.

In the first half Henley were dominant with good build-up play from Harry Wray and Ewan Watkins down the wings but the forwards were not able to supply the finishing touches against the strong opposition goalkeeper.

Early in the second half the pace of Thame’s counterattack got them a goal against the overall run of play. Shortly after Henley won a short corner after good build-up from Harry Wray.

From the corner Ian Rechner slipped the ball on to the near post where Andy Green was waiting for the tap-in.

Soon after Ian Rechner surged through the Thame defence and after his shot was blocked off the line Phil Biggs pounced on the rebound to score.

With possession now swinging firmly in Henley’s favour they won another short corner and sealed the three points with a second goal from Andy Green’s deflected shot into the top right.

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